Gamecenter: Dartmouth 67, Columbia 69

1st 2nd Final
Dartmouth (9-17, 4-9 Ivy) 23 44 67
Columbia (15-12, 6-7 Ivy) 34 35 69
Levien Gym – New York, NY Boxscore
Keys to the Game
Key sequence After trailing by as many as 13, Dartmouth fought back to tie the game at 54 on a three-pointer by Leon Pattman with 7:42 left to play, only to see Mack Montgomery give the lead back to Columbia with two free throws. Joe Bova then came up with a steal and finished off a fastbreak with a dunk. Pattman struck again from outside the arc, but Brett Loscalzo answered back with a three of his own. Alex Barnett connected from beyond the arc, and after a John Baumann turnover, the Big Green had a chance to take the lead, but Pattman’s three-pointer wouldn’t fall. At the other end, K.J. Matsui’s three was on the mark, and a Barnett layup was re-paid in kind by Matsui, who put back his own miss to restore the Lion lead to four with 3:24 remaining.
Key sign it was over Barnett grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled, hitting one of two at the line to pull Dartmouth within three with 2:21 remaining. Baumann’s jumper made it a five-point game, but Pattman rebounded Barnett’s miss and layed it in to bring the Big Green within three once again. Loscalzo was fouled and hit his first free throw, but missed the second, before Pattman went 2-for-2 at the line. Leading by two, Columbia ran clock, but after a loose ball led to a scrum, Loscalzo ended up firing up a 30-foot attempt that Dartmouth rebounded with only 16 ticks on the clock. Out of a timeout, Baumann tied up Pattman on a drive, and the ball went to the Lions on the alternating possession with just 1.4 left in the contest. Barnett picks off Montgomery’s inbounds pass in the corner, spun, and put up a potential game-winning three-pointer that was long as the buzzer sounded.
Key performance Baumann had another efficient scoring game for Columbia, finishing with a team-high 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting.
Key statistic In the end, the difference in the game was a relatively small one. Both teams attempted 15 free throws. Dartmouth hit nine (60.0 percent). Columbia hit 12 (80.0 percent).

– Pattman led all scorers with 22 points on 7-for-12 shooting, including 4 of 7 from three, while Barnett chipped in with 14.

– Justin Armstrong got the start for Columbia and finished with 11 points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes.

– The Lions outscored their guests 30-18 in the paint.

– Columbia committed 16 turnovers to just six for Dartmouth, and the Big Green held a 16-4 advantage in points off turnovers.

– Patrick Foley did not play for the third consecutive game because of illness.

– Dartmouth travels west to face Cornell (15-12, 8-5 Ivy) in Ithaca on Saturday, March 3 at 7:00 pm ET, while Columbia plays host to Harvard (12-15, 5-8 Ivy).

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